Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Mechelen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1778   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Every year on the 24th of February, the birthday of "Charles the fifth", the Brewery brews the Gouden Carolus "Cuvee of the Emperor" in a limited quantity and with an eye on the highest quality and tradition.

This unique brewing, with only extra fine Belgian hops and with a higher alcohol level, guarantees a better evolution in the time, than the already known Gouden Carolus Classic.

The 75cl bottles are closed with a quality cork. Excellent to store several years. This exceptional ale ages well, developing a refined complexity and intense aromas. With powerful notes of roasted malts, caramel and plums, its surprisingly soft and fruity aroma combines a warm roundness with a refreshing taste. An imperial brew to cherish and enjoy in moderation.

Was 8% abv in 2000-2002, 10% in 2003 and 11% in 2004.

DISCLAIMER: This is a dark beer and the label has a blue diagonal line.

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toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUL 10, 2007
On tap at O’briens. Pours an amber brownish with a thin creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, sweet malt, and candied fruit. Tastes of sweet malt, vanilla, and alcohol. Very nice.

Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2007
Vintage 2002 ABV.8.5% 75 cl bottle. Tasted at home. Reddish brown colour with nearly no head. Nice aroma of dried fruit, malt, caramel and notes of wine. Flavour of wine-like with a malty and sweet caramel notes. Ends up little alcoholic and sweet dry.

shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Vintage 2000

6/21/2007: When poured, Grand Cru of the Emperor (2000) looks brown and thick with lots of suspended floaties (probably from the yeast cake on the bottle of the bottle). It has a thin beige crown on top. A complex aroma of creamy vanilla, raisin, oak/cork, and alcohol foreshadow a very tasty beer to come... The flavor does not disappoint. There is some oxidation, but it works to enhance the other flavors which include rich, sweet malts, vanilla, aged dark fruits, and some wet woodiness. The alcohol is also noticeable in the flavor, but it too is complementary to the other flavors. The medium body of this beer has a smooth and creamy texture and is clean on the palate. This beer has aged beautifully and is a special treat that I really enjoyed.

750 mL corked and caged bottle (Alc. 8% by Vol.) shared by Rob. Thank you!

Vintage 2006

6/21/2007: Grand Cru of the Emperor (2006) pours clear, is mahagony brown in color, and has a small off-white head. This beer smells sweet and has a deep fruitiness and caramelized maltiness in the aroma. It reminds me very much of a Scotch Ale. The flavor is very similar and quite good. It has rich, sweet caramel and a light spice on the backend. It too has a medium body and is quite smooth on the palate. I really enjoyed this vintage as well, but I think that the 2000 is better due to the complexities and oxidation it has acquired from aging. Regardless, Grand Cru of the Emperor is an excellent beer young as well!

750 mL corked and caged bottle shared by Rob. Thanks again!

zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Bottle, poured into snifter. Cloudy, red/brown color. Aroma has predominate banana scent, along with slight whiskey/cognac scents. Flovor also has banana and fruity overtones. Nice medium mouthfeel and smooth texture with slight hop and alcohol flavor near the back of the mouth. Not as much depth as I usually like in belgian ales, but a nice ale nevertheless.

gunnfryd (15294) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2007
Bottle at Københavnske øldage 07. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, roasted, caramel. Flavour is dried fruits, alcohol, sweet, roasted, caramel. Very nice beer.

emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2012 Poured a murky reddish brown with some viscosity. A profuse sandy tan head. The aroma is rich, dark fruits abound, along with molasses, and dark sugars, alcohol, dry vinous quality. The flavor is also dark fruit, alcohol, dark sugar, sweet, caramel. The palate is very dry and sweet.

aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2007
The color was amber/red. The head was thick, creamy, and light beige. The aroma was sweet, belgian yeast, and alcohol. The flavor was sweet at first then brought a dryness. There was also alcohol, and fermented fruit. The palate was smooth. The finish was sweet/dry and warm.

hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Dark cider pour with slight head. Raisans and sweet malt on the nose. Sweet Port flavor, nice and smooth. Slight heat in the finish, but overall the 11% ABV is well hidden. Outstanding.

jeremytoni (3083) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2007
2006 vintage from bottle pours a dark amber almost brown with very little head. Nothing really stood out on this one, standard belgian strong ale.

WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2007
2006 vintage. 750 ml bottle courtesy of bikesandbeer, coincidentally shared with bikesandbeer. Pours reddish brown with a big 3 finger puffy tan head, sits nicely in my duvel tulip. Nose is big and has lots in it but not sure what but good. Very nice sweet big Belgian sweetness and taste. very tasty and rich, good beer thanks for the share Kev.

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